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Mariama Ba, Rigoberta Menchu, and Postcolonial Feminism (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures)

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Mariama Ba, Rigoberta Menchu, and Postcolonial Feminism (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages & Literatures)

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    Laura Charlotte Kempen(Author)
This book investigates the convergence of feminist literary projects in the Latin American and West African contexts and demonstrates how the authors examined here employ similar writing strategies to (re)constitute feminine subjects. Their writing strives to rid literature, and thus international psyches, of reductive stereotypes of subaltern women, while projecting more complex, active female images. In portraying the horrific victimization that they and their people have experienced, these writers claim a position of authorial power and wield their tragedies, along with their words, as a weapon against imperial, patriarchal, and neocolonial tyranny. Despite their vast socioeconomic and cultural differences, these women share much common ground, where they cultivate feminine words of deliverance.

-Laura Charlotte Kempen's book is among the first comparative studies of Latin American and African literatures, and it constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of resistant female discourses from the Southern Hemisphere. As such it is a compelling comparative study of subaltern subjectivities in radically different postcolonial and patriarchal settings. At the same time, it honors the major literary contributions of several important women authors, including Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), and Mariama Ba (Senegal).- (Cynthia Steele, Chair, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington)"Laura Charlotte Kempen's book is among the first comparative studies of Latin American and African literatures, and it constitutes a major contribution to our understanding of resistant female discourses from the Southern Hemisphere. As such it is a compelling comparative study of subaltern subjectivities in radically different postcolonial and patriarchal settings. At the same time, it honors the major literary contributions of several important women authors, including Rigoberta Menchu (Guatemala), Rosario Castellanos (Mexico), Luisa Valenzuela (Argentina), and Mariama Ba (Senegal). (Cynthia Steele, Chair, Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington)

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  • PDF | 166 pages
  • Laura Charlotte Kempen(Author)
  • Peter Lang Publishing Inc; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2001)
  • English
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